Talks and Poster Presentations (with Proceedings-Entry):

W Lorenz, M. Bicher, G. Wurzer:
"Adjacency in hospital planning - Using Newton´s differential equation";
Talk: MATHMOD 2015 - 8th Vienna International Conference on Mathematical Modelling, Vienna; 2015-02-18 - 2015-02-20; in: "Proceedings of MathMod 2015", IFAC Online Conference Paper Archive, MathMod 2015 (2015), 6 pages.

English abstract:
Adjacencies stand at the beginning of a multitude of planning tasks. Especially in hospital planning they are essential for describing relationships between different organizational units - e.g. `close´, `distant´ or `neutral´. Mathematically, these terms map to relative weights between each pair of units in the range [-1, 1] which are put into a (symmetric) adjacency matrix. This matrix subsequently determines relative locations of individual spaces (preliminary space layout). The paper deals with the effective definition of this adjacency matrix in the context of early-stage architectural planning. In contrast to current planning practice, which looks at each adjacency relation in isolation, our approach uses a Newtonian gravitation model to propagate changes to a single relationship immediately to the whole space layout. As a result, we are able to supply architects with a design tool that accelerates the definition of adjacencies and lets them preview the preliminary space layout at the same time.

Adjacencies, gravitational model, planning tool, hospital planning, space layout planning

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